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Category Archives: Bibliophily

CBGB’s Long-Lost Sitcom

Here’s something from a nearly forgotten corner of punk rock history. It’s an original 22-page typescript treatment from about 1981 for a half-hour situation comedy centered around legendary punk nightclub CBGB’s. Let me say that again because even having held it in my hands it’s kind of hard to wrap my mind around: a sitcom […]

BLOG: BibliOdyssey

Beautiful, unusual, and compelling book images: another blog that long-ago should have hit the blogroll. Now remedied.

A 30,000-Volume Window on the World

Alberto Manguel on his library: My library is not a single beast but a composite of many others, a fantastic animal made up of the several libraries built and then abandoned, over and over again, throughout my life. I can’t remember a time in which I didn’t have a library of some sort. The present […]

Penguin Deck Chairs

A bit steep, but they’ll ship to the US.

Bond Birthday

Okay. I admit it. I have never actually read any of Ian Fleming’s Bond books. Don’t get me wrong – I love the movies (even the bad ones), but somehow I’ve just never gotten around to picking up any of the novels on which they’re based. For the hundredth anniversary of Fleming’s birth, however, Penguin […]

Take THAT Flat Screen TVs

The Telegraph UK on home libraries: [A]ccording to a new report – The Changing Face of British Homes, compiled by insurers Legal & General – more people would like a library or reading room in their home than either a home cinema, gym or music studio. In the survey of 4,000 people, 15 per cent […]

Beautiful Images

The Digital Scriptorium is an image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. It bridges the gap between a diverse user community and the limited resources of libraries by means of sample imaging and extensive rather than intensive cataloguing. Just […]

Faber and Faber Flickr Photostream

Publisher Faber & Faber have a fantastic Flickr photostream. Highlights include images of scarce catalogs and ephemera, archive and publicity shots of their authors, and a cover gallery from their 20th Century Classics series.

Are these bookends?

Not sure. But I want some for my daughter’s bookshelf.

The Baron of Bibliomania

From the UK Guardian this rather damning portrait: For much of the 19th century this was the home of Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st baronet, whom the world called a bibliomaniac, though his term for himself went still further. Vello-mania, he called his condition, because it ran as much to the purchase and hoarding of documents […]